Acidifying oceans; stadium for 9th Ward; BGR sees too many judges in Orleans

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Golden shovels and all, ground will break next Monday on a vision more than five years in the making: the 9th Ward Field of Dreams.

Set to open for the 2014 football season, the $1.85 million project will give the kids at George Washington Carver High School and the surrounding community a football field, Olympic-sized track, lighting system, and stadium seating.

Though located on the Carver campus, the state-of-the-art facilities will be open and free of charge to all schools in the city as well as the community.

Some $14 million could be saved annually by ridding New Orleans courts of more than half their judges, a reduction supported by a formula for estimating workloads for jurists across the state, according to a report released Tuesday by the Bureau of Governmental Research.

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